LibriVox recording of Trilby by George du Maurier. Read by Librivox volunteers.
Trilby, published in 1894, fits into the gothic horror genre which was undergoing a revival during the Fin de siècle and is one of the most popular novels of its time, perhaps the second best selling novel of the Fin de siècle period after Bram Stoker's Dracula.
The story of the poor artist's model Trilby O'Ferrall, transformed into a diva under the spell of the evil musical genius Svengali, created a sensation. Soap, songs, dances, toothpaste, and Trilby, Florida were all named for the heroine, and a variety of soft felt hat with an indented crown (worn in the London stage production of a dramatization of the novel) came to be called a trilby. The plot inspired Gaston Leroux's 1910 potboiler Phantom of the Opera and the innumerable works derived from it, and introduced the phrase "in the altogether" (meaning "completely unclothed") to the English language. (Summary from Wikipedia)
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June 1, 2020 Subject:
Splendid. I now have the answer to the question recently asked of me by a friend, "What is your favourite book?": Trilby! Each narrator handled their readings exquisitely. My personal favourite narrator was the sweet, gentle voice of the French Canadian reader whose name I couldn't quite make out. I also really enjoyed Jersey City Frankie's readings. Thank you to everyone who contributed and brought these delightful characters to life. Such a sympathetic story.